Thursday, April 8, 2010

A Party With a Side of Some Chaos


Ultimate Blog Party 2010I'm so glad our Valentine's balloon is still stuck up in the highest ceiling point in our house, because it's time for the annual 5 Minutes for Mom's Ultimate Blog Party and my home is already decorated! Oh, the wonder and joy of helium! Two months and it is still going strong!

Come right in, we're thrilled you stopped by! Don't mind the mess. There's a toddler in the house, so that ought to explain the thousands of popcorn kernels you may find on the kitchen floor.
And the powder coating every surface in the toddler's bedroom!
To introduce ourselves, we have 3 biological kids ages 7, 4, and 2 years old and are in the process of adopting a little girl from Ethiopia.


So what's up with the name? Is it really chaos?


Well, aside from the popcorn kernels and the powder, there's no telling what you'll find in the potty.

And the first day of school sometimes involves breaking and entering into your own home!

Teeth have been known to fall out and we actually expect to lose at least 46 more in the next 5 to 7 years!


There's often a costumed character or 2 or 3 hanging around!


At least we have superheros to come to the rescue!


And a live-in cleaning crew!


Which is a good thing because the messes? Are plentiful!


But so is the fun!



This blog is about sharing the crazy journey God has us on -- the messes, the fun, the joy, the pain, the struggles, the crafts (for the uncrafty, of course), the occasional cooking from scratch, the attempt to live frugally for a greater purpose, the learning, the loving. The chaos! But, as the Sanctus Real song says, "It feels like chaos, but somehow there's peace." The peace comes from the only thing truly good about our home, and that is Jesus. I am so glad that He's "up to something bigger than me"!

So what do you say? Would you like a front row seat for the chaos? Click over in my sidebar to become a follower! Thanks for joining our party!

Y'all come back now, ya' hear? (Did I mention we live somewhere in Texas?)

70 comments:

  1. Love, love, love it all. just my style. Adoption and all. And the bonus about popcorn and other spread-crazy items is that you will find those for months ALL AROUND THE HOUSE. Love it. And I love Jesus. I think you need to come visit my blog. Like minded. Virtual, fake, bloggy party on!

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  2. Looks like my house lol! I am somewhere in Texas too what a coincidence!

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  3. We still have 3 balloons comfortably living on our ceiling from V-Day and we just added two more for Easter...you'd think I was running a balloon shop!
    The fun never ends!
    Happy UBP10

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  4. As always a very super post. Your wit and ability to capture the everyday in a joyous way are so delightful! And it doesn't hurt that so many times I look at your posts and say, "A kindred spirit... boy that looks familiar."

    Wanted to let you know that I have been praying for your mom.

    Hugs,

    Kat

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  5. Looks like we share the same life! We are blessed indeed!
    We're in Texas too! Northeast to be exact.

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  6. I am so looking forward to increased chaos as our brood grows(18 month old son plus another son hopefully not being born until May if the bedrest helps...). Happy party week!

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  7. I loved your introduction post. Those pictures are so funny.

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  8. Oh my, did you sneak in my house to take those pictures? I swear all of them could have been taken around here too...ah, such is the life with kids!

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  9. Hey, at least your toilet bowl is clean, so if you need to retrieve a toy it isn't (too) disgusting. My kids love costumes too. My younger son wore a pirate costume to Home Depot last night! Great meeting you!

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  10. I'm here for the UBP. Nice to meet you. I can totally relate to the chaos. I'm your newest follower.

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  11. Great post! It's nice to meet you...I have a big family, too, so I can relate (especially loved the costume part, ha ha)!

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  12. That was a very creative and fun post! I bet you were finding those kernels for a long time to come!I'm excited to look around more. Stop by FTSN for some peanut butter pie when you have time!

    http://www.fromthesamenest.com

    ~ Michelle

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  13. I love it! This is what family life is really like! Thanks for sharing!

    Come say hi when you can.

    http://www.ourhomeschoolhome.com/2010/04/ultimate-blog-party.html

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  14. Best UBP post I've ready so far today. So witty and true. :) Will be followin' ya!

    http://fiveamazingminutes.blogspot.com

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  15. Newest fan on your blog because of the #UBP10!!!

    Love all your photos and messes! My girls are tween/teens now so we have different messes! I remember your days and miss them! Enjoy each day!

    Party on!!!

    @Susieqtpies at Scraps of Life http://cafescrapper-scrapsoflife.blogspot.com

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  16. Stopping by from UBP10. Love your intro. Are kids not the most wonderful things every. Never know what to expect and you need to argue with yourself to get the courage to go searching a quiet house to see what they are up to.

    Nolie's Ultimate Blog Party Post

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  17. stopping by on my route of partying with the UBP couldnt help but to stop in and say hi to one of my favorite blogs

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  18. Having a blast visiting all of the blogs in this years UBP!! Your site is great! Glad you're a part of the party!

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  19. Your newest follower - thanks for visiting me! I love "our" crazy life. I'll be thinking of you and your newest addition. I can't wait to watch and see what happens. We are north of you in OK....

    Misadventures Of Mom of 3

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  20. Loved your post...

    Blog hopping and having a blast.....so many great blogs....This is a GREAT party.
    I have a Fun $100 Gift Basket to give away and all it takes a comment.
    I am number....294 and 295......

    Teresa
    http://teresa-grammygirlfriend.blogspot.com
    http://grammyababychangeseverything.blogspot.com/

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  21. What GREAT pictures!

    I'm a new follower, stopping by from UBP. My daughter, Rosie, is adopted - she was born in Guatemala. All the best for your journey of adopting a little girl. It's a roller coaster ride, for sure, and worth every dip.

    I hope you'll stop by and decide to follow me back. Nice to meet you!

    Kelly
    http://KellysLuckyYou.blogspot.com

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  22. Stopping by from the UBP to say hello! Have a great weekend :0)

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  23. what a fun party post and accompanying pictures!! The flour all over the room would give my two-year old ideas! Congrats on the upcoming adoption!

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  24. LOL! Hi I'm visiting from UPB! It sure looks like you all are busy but loving every minute of it. We have 4 kids we homeschool whom God has blessed us with and we love so very much, even with all the messes! I hope you have a blessed UBP week!

    ~Amy
    www.livingwordacademy.blogspot.com

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  25. Your blog is great, stopping by from UBP.

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  26. This blog is adorable! What a great post to explain your family! :)
    Come check out my picture frenzy of a family too :)
    Newest follower here!
    www.thetarrpit.blogspot.com

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  27. I love the feel of your blog. It sounds like you have a great family and a lot of fun. It's great to meet you. Have a great weekend!
    Rana @ www.freetolearnanlovinit.blogspot.com

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  28. I love the intro! The pics are great-now I'm wishing I had done something more creative to introduce myself.

    Your kids are great-they sound like they keep you busy!

    Happy blog party!!

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  29. I came from UBP, and I absolutely love your post. I don't think child rearing would be the same without a little chaos. I'll be following you!

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  30. Absolutely loved the picture of the "H" in the toilet... felt like my home...

    Think I might have to follow you!

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  31. Happy UBP! I love your blog and your post here! You had an interesting way of sharing your life with us with photos and snippets of fun!

    Happy hopping!

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  32. Great UBP post can't wait to follow you!

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  33. Hi! I love your post - so honest and real...and makes me feel like I'm in my own home! I also happen to love Texas, though I only get to visit now and again (from Wisconsin). Hope you can stop by my place this week (#225 on UBP): http://tinahollenbeck.blogspot.com/2010/04/2010-ultimate-blog-party.html.

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  34. You are SO much my kind of people. I love this post, and I'm going to love getting to know you!

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  35. What a great party post! Your house sounds like mine. Congrats & good luck on the pending adoption, that's just wonderful.
    xoxo

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  36. Stopping in from UBP!! Love your blog....I am a new follower!

    Stop by my blog if you get a moment.
    Suzanne
    ourcrazybusywonderfullife.com

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  37. Great party post, I love the illustrations. That powder pic, oh boy, that happened to us a few months back. It is so hard to clean up. It gets on everything! I feel your pain, lol. Anyway, I'll be following you. Check out my blog too.

    http://mydeploymentcopingtool.blogspot.com

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  38. Oh my goodness! As soon as I saw the name of your blog on the UBP list, the song began playing through my head and now I see that it was the inspiration for your blog name! How wonderful! Love all your photos and look forward to reading all about your "chaos".

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  39. Those pictures are awesome! I can't wait to subscribe and read more, especially as you add your little girl to your family! My cousin just adopted from Ethiopia and she is so much fun! Have a great time at the UBP!

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  40. I just *knew* your blog name was from the song!! ;)

    What a cute, creative party post! I look forward to reading more as I follow along!

    Our daughter is adopted from China ... welcome to the journey of a lifetime! ;)

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  41. I stopped by from UBP! Love the chaos and this post! How fun!

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  42. Love the popcorn on the floor! Visiting from UPB 2010. Nice to meet you. Rita @ One 2 Try.

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  43. Hi there. I'm an adoptee, a mommy and a birthmoter so I've get it - from all the angles. Great blog, design and content.

    Dropping by to toss confetti, pull up a virtual chair and party with you. Let's have some fun!

    I've got my Ultimate Blog Party 2010 post up at Dayngrous Discourse. Plus, I've got my first giveaway too. I hope you'll surf on over and say hello.

    It's you're the tweetin' kind, I'm @Dayngr on twitter.

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  44. LOVE your writing style and humor :) So nice to meet you. I love all the funny pictures too. Makes me feel normal, LOL! My kids do things like that ALL the time too! Stop by my blog and say hi too!

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  45. You are hysterical! Love the photos! It is so nice to meet you! Hope you'll stop by www.extravagantgrace.net and www.especiallysimple.net!

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  46. My girls are in bed and I just keep trying to look at the comuter screen and nowhere else because your photos look oh, so close as to what my house looks like!! I really enjoyed reading your blog!! Stopping over from the UBP!!

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  47. I'm stopping by from the blog party, and I love your wit! What a great perspective on life. I'm sure it gets messy but you probably laugh right though it.:)

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  48. Thanks for stopping by Cook Clean Craft, and helping me find your blog. It looks like your family has a lot of fun. Can't wait to see more of your adventures!

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  49. Stopping by from the UBP! Those pictures were hilarious!!

    I'm kind of blog-hopping right now, but following you so I can be sure to come back again later! :-D

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  50. Stopping by from the UBP! Nice to meet you and your lovely family.

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  51. Chaotic, but it still sounds like fun. I love that the balloon is still stuck on your ceiling. It's amazing how long those things hold their helium.

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  52. Ahhh I think this was the funniest post I've read!! Your kids are hysterical but wow they love to keep you on your toes huh?? I think you should have a blog contest guessing game to see who can guess the date of when the balloon will finally fall!! :D

    Hope you are having fun at the UBP!

    Jenni ("Miss Tutu")
    My UBP blog post: How to Make a Tutu blog - hope you will stop by, say hi, and grab the free tutu making lesson! :) and here's a contest I'm running which you might like: Mom Blogger $100 Cash Contest

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  53. Hi,
    Very creative way of introducing yourself and your family. I like! Enjoy the party!

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  54. I'm visiting from the UBParty. It's nice to meet you and I hope you'll win something and get to dance even more :)

    Have a great week and enjoy the party hopping!

    Aloha!

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  55. Stopping by for the party! Thanks for sharing your chaos! Come by http://carterchaos-ecarter.blogspot.com/ to read about our chaos!!

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  56. Hi there! Just popping in from the UBP to be your newest Google Follower! Hooray! Hope you had a great weekend and have a great week! Swing by my blog when you get a chance!

    Bridgette Groschen
    The Groschen Goblins
    www.groschengoblins.com

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  57. Your blog is so pretty. Care to have a how to??

    Your family looks like alot of fun.

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  58. Just stopped by from the UBP. I think sometimes Chaos should be my middle name. I am an adoptive mommy to two kiddos - one domestically grown, the other grown in China who is also a special needs child. We love both of them so much and our family is very diverse! Feel free to drop on by!

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  59. I'm here via the UPB! Nice family! Now I don't feel as bad with the condition of my house!

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  60. Hi! Coming over for the party! Your family looks like so much fun and now that I'm following you on here, I can't wait to read more about it! Just read your good news about the wait list, CONGRATS!

    Here's my blog if you'd like to come over and take a peek. Follow if you like. :)
    http://intheknowgiveaways.blogspot.com/2010/04/welcome-to-5-minutes-for-mom-ultimate.html

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  61. Hi there! Nice to meet you! I'm stopping by from UBP. I enjoyed reading your blog and I will be back for another visit! What a fun blog and such Cute pictures of your family!! The intro picks cracked me up.

    I hope you can stop by our blog: http://inspiredgiftsblog.blogspot.com
    Inspiredgifts.com is a mom owned newly launched site.

    Have a beautiful day
    Rebecca

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  62. Stopped by thru the UBP! Very creative blogging! I am inspired!

    Stop by and see me www.friendzipbracelets.com

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  63. Many of those pictures could have been mine! Except I have Easter balloons stuck to my ceiling. Can't wait to read more of your blog.

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  64. Love the pictures. I'm from NY and just dropping by to say hi while partying hopping on the UBP

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  65. those pictures are just too cute!! love your post and nice to meet you!!

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  66. LOL your house sounds like ours. Just yesterday i found a whole box of granola all over the living room floor. *sigh*.

    Visiting from UBP. Hope you come visit me too!

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